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In 1985 Blue Note released the first album of new material on their recently resurrected label. Until that time, Blue Note was strictly re-issuing their catalog of past greatness. That album was Stanley Jordan's "Magic Touch", the album that trust him into the Jazz spotlight. He followed that with endless tours of the Jazz Festival scene and being hailed as the genres savior. Unable to find time to write material for a follow up to "Magic Touch", Blue Note had him release the obligatory "Standards" album. That was followed by "Flying Home". The first thing to set off alarms on this release is the switch from Blue Note to EMI-Manhattan records. Yes folks this was the signal that you were holding, not a "Straight Ahead" Jazz release, but a "Smooth Jazz", or - to paraphrase Wynton Marsalis, Pop Instrumental. Yes, the powers that be have done turned Stanley into a George Benson/Earl Klugh clone! You were first given a hint to this direction with the horrid cover of "Lady In My Life" on the "Magic Touch" album. "Flying Home" is book-ended by the only decent tracks on this release. The opener "Street Talk" was the first hint of syrupy evilness to follow. Until the closing Titular track on the album, Flying Home - the only example of "Straight Ahead" Jazz style that gained him praise with his previous releases, the stuff in between these two tracks are mind numbing pabulum. The worse of the lot is a cover of the most over played rock anthem ever - "Stairway To Heaven".
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NM (Near Mint) Appears unplayed and will bear no marks, sleeve scuffs, or scratches.
EX+ (Excellent) May have one or two visible imperfections (i.e. sleeve scuffs, faint scratches, or other superficial marks) that will not affect playback.
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VG (Very Good) Similar imperfections found on VG+ records but in slightly greater numbers. Records graded VG and above will typically not have any scratches that are deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
VG- (Very Good-) A number of visible imperfections; the presence of a considerable number of light scratches will force a VG- grade, as will the presence of significant isolated defects such as scratches deep enough to be felt with a fingernail.
G (Good) Record can be played without skipping, but will have significant surface noise, scratches, and visible groove wear. G+ and G- are used to indicate stronger and weaker copies within this range.
*SW/DNAP* Slight warp, does not affect playback
*QUAD* Quadraphonic Sound, similar to today’s surround sound
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